Schiphol modernizes IT with Cargonaut

Schiphol Airport said it will begin an IT modernization program, investing approximately US$2.17 million into the Cargonaut platform. Half of the funding will come from a Top Sector Logistics grant, while the remainder will be provided by Dutch customs, Logius, ACN, Schiphol Group and Cargonaut. Cargonaut, which became operational in 1986, was initially focused on […]
  • Staff Reports
  • January 16, 2016

Jettainer to manage Thomas Cook Group ULDs

ULD manager Jettainer will now be responsible for the servicing of more than 1,800 ULDs, pallets and containers for Thomas Cook Group Airlines. Jettainer said it will use environmentally friendly containers – in both standard and larger sizes – which have been switched to very light versions weighing 128 and 218 pounds, respectively. By weighing […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 18, 2015

Cairo Airport Cargo goes live with Hermes

In a move to help speed up cargo clearance, the Cairo Airport Cargo Co. (CACC) has gone live using the Hermes air cargo management system. The Hermes IT system , has been used by various airlines, cargo hubs, ground handlers and airports around the world. The system will also be installed into CACCs new terminal, […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 18, 2015

IATA aims for 56 percent e-AWB penetration in 2016

If at first you don’t succeed – try moving the target. That advice may make life a little easier for IATA in the coming year. Despite an acceleration of companies jumping on the electronic air waybill (e-AWB) bandwagon this year, the estimated penetration rate will likely not rise above 40 percent by the end of […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 17, 2015

Joost van Doesburg: A voice for shippers moves on

If you’ve been to an air cargo logistics conference in the last seven years and you heard a Dutch-accented voice from a tall, dapper gentleman asking probing questions about why the industry is so woefully behind regarding data transparency, then you’ve probably become acquainted with Joost van Doesburg (pictured), the airfreight policy advisor representing EVO […]
  • Randy Woods
  • December 7, 2015

‘Cosmic Girl’ gets a second life

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic subsidiary has re-purposed a 747-400 passenger aircraft, previously operated by Virgin Atlantic, and given it a chance to play a starring role in the special products cargo arena. Today it serves as a dedicated vehicle for LauncherOne, a small satellite launching operation. Check out this Virgin Galactic video below to […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 4, 2015

DHL application tracks cold-chain shipments

DHL Global Forwarding has introduced its LifeTrack mobile application, available for iOS or Android platforms. The free app allows customers to access DHL’s online cold-chain tracking and management platform, LifeTrack, which provides an overview of a shipment’s status, including alerts about any in-transit issues, such as temperature changes. The app can also put users in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 4, 2015

Staring down the oncoming Amazon freight train

2015 is shaping up to be a roller-coaster year for freight forwarder and carrier volumes. An air cargo surge caused by the West Coast port labor slowdown led to congestion-related challenges at major gateways throughout the United States. A strong U.S. dollar has since depressed export volumes, leading to bargain-basement rates for forwarders from both […]
  • Brandon Fried
  • December 2, 2015

IAG Cargo updates IT system

IAG Cargo has upgraded its software to Accenture Air Cargo Reservation systems, which the carrier said  will help improve functionality and performance by simplifying booking procedures and allowing adjustments as business priorities change. Gareth Sinclair, head of revenue management at IAG Cargo, said the new software will allow the carrier to be more flexible and […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 9, 2015

To the rescue: Can lithium batteries be made safe for flight?

On Sept. 3, 2010, a UPS 747-400 cargo aircraft took off from Dubai, headed to the UPS hub in Cologne-Bonn. It crashed shortly after taking off, killing the two crew members on board. Three years later, the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) concluded that the cause of the crash, a fire on board […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 4, 2015

C2K to begin revision of door-to-door standards

More than 60 technical and operational managers took part in a meeting of C2K’s (Cargo 2000) technical working group last week as part of a drive to implement new quality standards for the air cargo industry. The group met in Vienna, Austria, to finalize C2K’s revised airport-to-airport specification and kick-start a revision of its door-to-door […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 3, 2015

Software available to manage cargo claims

TranSolutions Inc., has released what it professes to be the industry’s first software system designed to help carriers manage their cargo claims that are filed against them. The product, CarrierClaim, can be integrated with the company’s transportation management system (TMS), accounting software, or other internal systems, so there’s no need to uproot current systems in […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 3, 2015

DHL Global Forwarding pulls plug on IT system

What began as a €750 million project to modernize the world’s largest forwarding operation and make a splash in the logistics IT market ended ignobly last week as Deutsche Post-DHL announced that its troubled New Forwarding Environment (NFE) IT system will be completely scrapped, with an expected write-down of €345 million in the company’s first […]
  • Randy Woods
  • November 2, 2015

e-AWB gains momentum, but may miss goal

For the second-straight month, the usage of electronic air waybills (e-AWB) across the airfreight industry has grown by 2 percentage points, according to IATA. However, the added momentum appears to be insufficient for the industry to reach IATA’s goal of 45 percent penetration by the end of 2015. At the end of September, IATA reported […]
  • Randy Woods
  • October 29, 2015
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